what are you reading right now?

Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
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Postby Guy Incognito » Thu May 10, 2018 10:31 am

here's a bunch of history and stuff i'm reading now

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which is good and taylor-y but i'm listening to the audiobook but wanna look at the footnotes, audiobook history is a lot less satisfying

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can't believe it took me so long to read, knew the outline of the argument beforehand but it's so detailed and fun

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was ok. sorta weirdly thin.

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cause i feel obligated after reading the first book but i like this one considerably less a few chapters in, even as easy reading fiction
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Postby abs » Thu May 10, 2018 8:27 pm

Got my hands on Knausgaard Book 6!!!! :ryan:

It’s enormous. I have no time to read this. But I must.
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Thu May 10, 2018 9:22 pm

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locus solus - raymond roussel
for like a month now and it sucks. cool image, deadpan pseudoscience, 1001 nights fable, repeat 3000 times. is there anything here?


Nope. This is probably my biggest literary disappointment after having it puffed up to legendary status by some friends. It's just so unenjoyable. Yea cool your lil balloon makes mosaics out of teeth. what's that a prism but for sound? wow. whoa.
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Postby delgriffith » Thu May 10, 2018 9:42 pm

Hello thread here's some of what I've enjoyed reading recently:

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The Manuscript Found in Saragossa - Jan Potocki

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Selected Stories - Robert Walser

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At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom - Amy Hempel

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Why Did I Ever - Mary Robison

Just picked up this and I'm enjoying it so far:

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Acid West - Joshua Wheeler

Debating buying the new Lawrence Wright book about Texas. Has anyone read/enjoyed it?
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Postby abs » Thu May 10, 2018 10:38 pm

also picked up today: Image

my forever love
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Postby mystery meat » Fri May 11, 2018 12:39 am

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Trollope is sick
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri May 11, 2018 12:57 am

abs wrote:also picked up today: Image

my forever love


true bodhisattva imo
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Postby santos l halper » Fri May 11, 2018 10:07 am

last few weeks:
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now:

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Postby Ted Pikul » Fri May 11, 2018 1:54 pm

Adam Parfrey (Feral House publisher) died: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/11/feral ... m-par.html
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri May 11, 2018 2:53 pm

yea just saw that, that sucks ! I hope Feral House chugs along....things kind of slowed down recently but it's been a vital part of the underground
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Postby Sobieski » Fri May 11, 2018 3:51 pm

reading hella jonathan swift,tristram shandy, locke,anatomy of melancholy

I'm probably not going to finish any of them but I want to get a sense of them(I might finish tristram shandy tho)
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Postby hadlex » Fri May 11, 2018 4:14 pm

I got Anatomy of Melancholy last year but it sits unread on my shelf, intimidating me. Do you like it?
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Postby abs » Fri May 11, 2018 10:09 pm

report back on the lispector bio! I have it but keep putting it off for one reason or another
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Postby bunkbeds » Sat May 12, 2018 8:37 am

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the overstory by richard powers

reading this based on the praise in this thread and i'm loving it so much. i'm like just over 1/3 of the way in, but if it continues to be as good as it has been, i think this will be one of my very favorite books. this is my first powers, might have to check out some of his other work.

really excited to check out that new de la pava, i really enjoyed naked singularity.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon May 14, 2018 5:42 pm

About to start:

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Stanley Elkin - The Rabbi of Lud

following it with:

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Curzio Malaparte - The Kremlin Ball
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Postby warmhouse » Mon May 14, 2018 8:55 pm

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Damn. This is really buttering my toast.
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Postby astragal » Mon May 14, 2018 10:01 pm

Really looking forward to starting on these two

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Postby walt whitman » Mon May 14, 2018 10:04 pm

love yvonne
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Postby kirito » Mon May 14, 2018 11:41 pm

abs wrote:
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this was wonderful. thanks abs! got some real recognitions party-scene vibes at times. really fun, funny read!



huzzah! lad you enjoyed.

i actually read this years ago when i got an ereader because it was in a huge ebook collection that was posted here and i picked it out at random when i'd never heard of it. good book!
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Postby Sobieski » Mon May 14, 2018 11:46 pm

hadlex wrote:I got Anatomy of Melancholy last year but it sits unread on my shelf, intimidating me. Do you like it?

Yeah definitely, I really like the style of how he was writing but I also don't need to read a lot of the like encyclopedia stuff in there
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Postby joebagel » Tue May 15, 2018 12:06 am

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hot take: the movie was better. chabon's prose is pretty chunky at points, but Professor Tripp/James Leer are superb characters. really hated the seder dinner scene tho, the screenwriter was right to cut it.

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montreal writer, originally from mexico city. i ran into a proofreader at a mexican publishing house who recommended him. great book, the author would probably hate a bolaño comparison but it's apt.

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same proofreader guy recommended this. another mexico city book. SUPER short, like 150 pages. very spooky and weird. i'm not sure if i liked it but i think i did

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not quite done this bad boy, but langewiesche is one of my favourite working non-fiction writers. he spent a few months at ground zero right after 9/11. i'm reading a lot about pre-9/11 NYC history and am enjoying this a lot. his descriptions of the desolation and bleakness is v poetic.

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another nyc book, writing seems pretty average but the pictures of all the old brooklyn DIY scenes are DOPE. as someone who's not from the city (or the era, really), being able to soak in the 2000s pre-hyper-gentrification vibes is fun and highly inspiring.

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sadly, still not wrapped up with this beast. i've been reading it for literal months. loving the prose, but pages 200-400 were a genuine slog. it's picking up again tho.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Tue May 15, 2018 4:41 am

Samanta Schweblin has a book of stories coming out

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Postby tanaka » Tue May 15, 2018 9:06 am

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The book apparently contrasts the way people from the east and west deal with heartbreak. One of the main characters, an American woman, is called Miss West.

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During a time of famine the narrator discovers a corpse in his barracks and yells to others "come quick, another person has died" ... :shock: "what do you mean another person, what are you suggesting?" *cue curb theme*

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The part about dissidents in Singapore being tortured by being stripped naked and left in a room with the air conditioning turned all the way up is the most Singaporean thing imaginable... also Lee Kuan Yew imprisoning someone in an amusement park for two years

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Postby son of chucky » Tue May 15, 2018 11:30 pm

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Postby ripersnifle » Tue May 15, 2018 11:44 pm

finished
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amazing. (thanks thread.)

(really love that old cover)
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Postby mancubz » Wed May 16, 2018 6:23 am

i'm reading
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and i don't know if it's the demon bat thing on the back cover or the four of pentacles card i use as a bookmark, but when i was reading it on the bus yesterday this older woman looked at the book, the card, me in all black, and crossed herself TWICE !
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Postby HotFingersClub » Wed May 16, 2018 7:15 am

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Tara Westover – Educated
Maybe I just don’t read enough memoirs but this was INSANE seeming to me, especially having met her in person briefly, to imagine that this mad Mormon survivalist shit actually goes on in peoples’ lives – it seems very far away from my own experience, but also has this intense horror movie vibe where you’re just begging her not to go back to her family and seek shelter under the melted mangled wing of that terrible father. Really chilling and intense examination on how the combination of mental illness and a patriarchal structure can send a family to hell, and an incredible advert for education as salvation. Holy shit.

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Masatsugu Ono – At the Edge of the Wood
This had some creepy parts but didn’t leave much of an impression.

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Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers
This is a pleasant audiobook experience although p unpersuasive or at least I’m not really sure I care if he’s right or not, like the point he’s making seems meaningless to me. Interesting to read beside Tara Westover’s book and wonder what bearing the 10,000 hours have on her experience.

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David Seabrook – All the Devils are Here
Shout out to the Backlisted podcast for recommending this; I really recommend listening to that episode. What an incredible, sinister experience. The personal encounters that pass through these essays are so peculiar and unnerving, but even just on a factual level, the stories are fascinating. Literally wish it was ten times longer.
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Postby joebagel » Wed May 16, 2018 3:57 pm

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reading this on the recommendation of lizzie goodman, who wrote meet me in the bathroom (2001-2011 nyc music scene book).

AMAZING SO FAR. i fugkin love oral histories
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